New and larger venue in Singapore
In Singapore the Medical Fair Asia closed the doors packing its new and larger venue - the Sands Expo and Convention Centre - with the highest ever number of exhibitors and visitors.
Medical Fair Asia 2016, 30 percent larger than the previous edition in 2014, was entirely filled to host the 830 international companies from 40 countries. The exhibition featured international brand names and 17 national pavilions and country groups. Local companies were strongly represented too at Medical Fair Asia 2016.
Visitor numbers also increased this year to a record-breaking attendance of 12,000, with 40 percent of visitors from abroad. The overseas visitors came from all over Southeast Asia along with India, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.
Honed as an international marketplace in the healthcare and medical sector, Medical Fair Asia 2016 was joined by returning national pavilions and country groups from North America, Europe and Asia, whilst also welcoming two new first-time national pavilion participants — Turkey and Saudi-Arabia.
Recent editions of Medical Fair Asia have seen growing exhibitor interest from North America and the Middle East, due to the attractive burgeoning growth in Southeast Asia.
The co-location of Medical Fair Asia with MEDICAL MANUFACTURING ASIA, the region’s leading event for the manufacturing processes for the medtech sector, is another big draw as between them the two exhibitions provided the ideal platform for all those involved in medical and healthcare; a point which was highlighted in the opening speech by Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry. He stressed Singapore’s strong position as a gateway for medtech companies, both local and foreign, to access growing markets in the region, and Singapore's reputation as a trusted business hub.
Trade visitors also praised Medical Fair Asia 2016 as an excellent event with global relevance, which was excellent for business development and knowledge enhancement with in the region.
Making their debut alongside the exhibition were a series of well-attended expert conferences and seminars, technical presentations and product demonstrations that represented a significant milestone for Medical Fair Asia which has a well-established history of over two decades. The inaugural staging of the Medical Fair Asia, MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, Disaster and Military Medicine (DiMiMED) Asia Conference and the Medical Innovation and Technology Forum, saw 300 attendees from 24 countries take part in 11sessions. Delegates were able to assess recent developments in the respective disciplines – from preventive and rehabilitative medicine, latest generation sports equipment, to vector-borne diseases and issues of natural disasters, as well as healthcare wearables and telemedicine solutions – to exchange ideas and bring their knowledge up-to-date.
The next edition of Medical Fair Asia will be held in 2018.